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kaddish
n. - Jewish prayers for the dead.
 
kairin
n. - a fever reducing drug, named after a Greek word meaning in-the-nick-of-time
 
kakemono
n. - Japanese vertical wall-picture or inscription mounted on a roller.
 
kakidrosis
n. - secretion of malodorous perspiration.
 
kakistocracy
n. - government by the worst citizens
 
kakorrhaphiophobia
n. - fear of failure
 
kalokagathia
n. - a combination of the good and the beautiful in a person
 
kalon
n. - the kind of beauty that is more than skin deep
 
kalopsia
n. - condition where things appear more beautiful thanthey really are
 
kampong
n. - Malay village.
 
kaolin
n. - china clay, used in porcelain manufacture and in medicine.
 
kaon
n. - Physics, elementary particle of the meson family.
 
karaka
n. - tree with edible seeds and fruit.
 
karakul
n. - sheep of Central Asia; curled black fleece of its lambs.
 
karimption
n. - a crowd; a mass
 
karyokinesis
n. - cell division, especially of nucleus. karyoplasm, n. protoplasm of cell nucleus. karyotin, n. sustainable matter of nucleus.
 
kashruth
n. - the state of being kosher
 
katabasis
n. - military retreat. katabatic a. moving downhill, sinking (of winds).
 
kathakali
n. - highly stylized form of S Indian drama, using dance and mime.
 
katharometer
n. - instrument measuring alterations in composition of gas mixture.
 
kathenotheism
n. - polytheism with a head god
 
katowse
n. - a ruckus, tumult, din
 
kauri
n. - gum- and timber-yielding tree of New Zealand; its white timber; its resin found in lumps in ground.
 
keckle
n. - nautical term meaning "to wind something with a rope"
 
keddah
n. - elephant trap.
 
kedge
n. - small anchor; v.t. move (ship) by hauling on anchor dropped ahead from boat.
 
kedogenous
adj. - produced by worry
 
keelivine
n. - lead pencil
 
keelson
n. - wooden or steel structure lengthwise within ship's frame to bear and distribute stress.
 
kef
n. - sleepiness, caused by drugs; hashish, etc.
 
kelim
n. - woven rug, made in W Asia.
 
keloid
n. - fibrous skin tumour, especially over scar; raised scars forming pattern on body, in certain African tribes.
 
kelt
n. - salmon after spawning.
 
kenophobia
n. - fear of empty or open spaces
 
kerasine
adj. - horny.
 
keratogenic
adj. - able to cause growth of horn, skin, hair, etc. keratogenous, adj. horn-producing. keratoid, adj. horny. keratode, n. keratose substance. keratose, n. & a. (substance) of horny fibres. keratosis, n. excessive growth of horny tissue of skin.
 
keraunograph
n. - instrument detecting distant thunderstorm; pattern made by lightning on struck object. keraunoscopia, keraunoscopy, n. divination by thunder.
 
keraunophobia
n. - fear of thunder and lightning
 
keraunoscopia
n. - fortunetelling by thunder
 
kerdomeletia
n. - excessive attention to material wealth
 
kerlerap
v. - to cavort; to play
 
kermes
n. - red cochineal-like dye made from dried bodies of certain female insects of Mediterranean; evergreen oak on which these insects feed.
 
kerogen
n. - kind of bitumen found in oil shale. kerosene, n. fuel oil also called paraffin.
 
kerygma
n. - christian preaching
 
kerygmatic
adj. - pertaining to preaching, especially of gospel.
 
ketch
n. - two-masted fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel.
 
ketone
n. - chemical compound of carbon, obtained by distilling salts of organic acids. ketonaemia, n. presence of ketone, especially acetone, in blood. ketonic, adj. ketonize, v. convert into ketone. ketogenesis, n. production of ketone, especially in diabetes. ketosis, n. presence of excess of ketone in body.
 
khamsin, khamseen
n. - hot wind of Egypt blowing from Sahara; dust storm.
 
khoja(h)
n. - title of respect for teacher or wise man.
 
kia ora
phr. - 'be well'; good health!
 
kibe
n. - chapped place on skin; ulcerated chilblain.
 
kickshaw
n. - a tidbit or delicacy
 
kieselguhr
n. - fine powder once used in dynamite
 
kieselguhr
n. - powdery substance, mainly silica, used in filters, explosives, etc.
 
kilderkin
n. - measure of capacity, about 18 gallons; cask holding that amount.
 
kinesalgia
n. - muscular pain. kinesiatrics, n. medical treatments by muscular movements.
 
kinin
n. - hormone causing contraction of smooth muscle; hormone that promotes cell division and development in plants.
 
kino
n. - red gum containing tannin, obtained from several tropical trees.
 
kippage
n. - commotion, confusion, excitement
 
kitmegur
n. - butler
 
kitthoge
adj. & n. - left-handed or awkward; or a left-handed orawkward person
 
klepht
n. - brigand. klephtic, adj. klephtism, n.
 
klong
n. - canal.
 
kloof
n. - ravine.
 
knissomancy
n. - fortunetelling by incense-burning
 
knout
n. - whip with leather and wire thongs; v.t. flog with a knout.
 
knuller
n. - chimney sweep who solicits his services door to door
 
knur
n. - knob; knot in wood.
 
koftgari
n. - inlaying of gold on steel.
 
kohl
n. - dark eye make-up used in Asia.
 
kokum
n. - pretending to be sympathetic
 
kompology
n. - braggadocio
 
koniology
n. - study of dust and germs in atmosphere. koniometer, koniscope, n. instrument measuring amount of dust in air.
 
kopje
n. - hillock.
 
kopophobia
n. - fear of physical or mental exhaustion
 
korfball
n. - basketball-like game played between two teams of six men and six women each.
 
kosmokrator
n. - the ruler of the world
 
kourbash
n. - whip of hide; v.t. flog with a kourbash.
 
krasis
n. - addition of water to Communion wine.
 
kreatophagia
n. - the eating of raw meat
 
kris
n. - Malay dagger with scalloped blade.
 
kukri
n. - broad curved Gurkha knife.
 
kumiss
n. - fermented camel's milk, used as a beverage by Asian nomads
 
kwistgoed
n. - a spendthrift
 
kymatology
n. - study of wave motion.
 
kymatology
n. - the science of waves
 
kymograph
n. - instrument recording pressure curves, etc. kymographic, adj.
 
kyphosis
n. - inward curvature of the spine. kyphotic, adj.
 
kyphotic
n. - a person who has a hump on his back
 

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